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Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
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Jul 05, 2012

it was amazing
Read from July 05 to 10, 2012

I could not put this book down. There were moments when it seemed as if I were breathing the same air that Khristo Stoianev himself breathes. As thrilling as LeCarre's "spy novels," Furst re-creates Eastern Europe's disintegration from 1934 until the end of WWII, when the Russians "liberate" the Balkan countries from the Nazis. You can hear the fascists footsteps echoing through the town square; you can smell the blood and guts of mountain men, fisher folk, peasants who call themselves Republicans dying as the Monarchists overwhelm them. The vicious struggle between the Stalinists and the German nazis for control of the outcome of the Spanish Civil War is depicted in a manner that ratchets up your emotional tension. Paris in 1937 . . . the decadence, mixed with a loss of hope, is so real. Europe crumbles, Stalin purges first one wave of spy masters, then another. Hitler conquers Europe, and then reconquest of the Allies involves partisan betrayals, Communist purges . . . the complexity and duplicity of this world can be understood by reading this book. Wow! Riveting!

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